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General Technical Details

 

This page gives you all the font technical information regarding font formats, installation and the technical qualities of the fonts.

If you have more technical requests or questions for which are not addressed here, you are welcome to contact fontsupport@playtype.com, and we will do our best to help you.

Font formats

The standard format for Playtype fonts is OpenType PostScript format (OTF). OpenType is one of the most common formats today usable on Mac OS, Windows and Unix systems and has the widest availability and typographic flexibility for anybody working with desktop publishing software such as Adobe® Creative Suite® or QuarkXPress®.

 

Hinting / Screen optimization

Playtype fonts are auto-hinted (as opposed to manually hinted). Hinting is a process that improves the font’s appearance on screen. Fonts that are not manually hinted are fully functional, but might display incorrectly when used in small sizes on a PC or screens with low screen resolutions. This is only a viewing error though, due to the lack of enough pixels to display the font correctly. Auto-hinted fonts are standard as hinting is a costly process.

Hinting must be targetted at specific needs. The most common level of hinting is hinting for ClearType which is basically a standard on Windows today. Playtype can provide full manual hinting or optimization of single characters. The level of optimization should be based on insights in user behaviour. If devices used to view the fonts generally are low resolution, hinting is particularly relevant. Contact us for a quote.

Note that screen resolutions are continuously improving, and the need for hinting could diminish over time as screens display of fonts gets improves. 

Font Installation

When having completed your font purchase on Playtype.com, you are able to download your fonts directly from our server by clicking the button “Download your font”. You will then see the window which lets you save the puchased fonts as a .zip file named "Playtype-order-[your 16 digit order reference no.]" The file will be saved on your computer desktop or in the folder specified for downloaded files in your web browser’s preferences.

Installation on Mac OS X

When the font software has been succesfully downloaded to your computer, you can double click on the font file, and you will see the font in a seperate window. Press “Install font” and the font will automatically install in Font Book ready for use.

Installation on Windows XP

When the font software has been succesfully downloaded to your computer, you can double click on the font file and you will see the font in a seperate window. Press “finish” and the font will automatically be installed ready for use. The fonts will be saved under “Control Panel”. If you are using the Classic View, select “Fonts” and if you are using the Category View, select “Appearance and Themes” and then select “Fonts.”

Installation on Windows 7

When the font software has been succesfully downloaded to your computer, you can double click on the font file, and you will see the font in a separate window. Press “install” and the font will automatically install in Font Book ready for use. The fonts will be saved under “Control Panel”, “Appearance and Themes” and then “Fonts.”

Electronic receipt and font reacquisition

You can choose to view your receipt and licence confirmation directly on your screen after your purchase. We advise you to print the receipt with your order reference number from the screen in case you do not receive an email from us with your licence confirmation. It may take a few minutes for the email to arrive. If you have not received it within 24 hours, contact Playtype Support with your order reference number to obtain the mail with your licence details. The email also provides you with links to the Playtype™ Terms & Conditions, EULA and your purchased fonts in case you may need to reacquire your font due to accidential deletion or file corruption. To re-acquire the fonts, click the link, and you are able to save the .zip font file again. Do not forward the e-mail to others unless they have acquired a licence (see the Playtype™ EULA for information on licenses).

Webfonts

Most Playtype fonts are available as webfonts. License for the webfonts should be purchased when Playtype fonts are used on websites. The license is purchased from an external partner who will host the font (please see EULA). Price depends on number of weights and website traffic.

Software Restrictions

There are no inherent technical restrictions in the font software that limits embedding or installation of the fonts. This leaves you as the user with the responsibility of strictly using the fonts according to the licenses acquired.